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Garofalo General Contractors Shows Off New Rubble Master

Mon October 17, 2005 - Northeast Edition
David S. Chartock

More than 200 customers and business associates attended an open house and a Rubble Master RM 80 product demonstration hosted Oct. 1 by Garofalo General Contractors Inc. (GCI) and its new division, DAG Mobile Aggregate Recycling of Lyndhurst, NJ.

GCI, a 27-year-old firm specializing in asphalt paving, concrete and drainage, held the open house to thank its customers for their ongoing support and business and to introduce them to the Rubble Master RM 80 crusher/screener.

According to GCI President and DAG Vice President Ron Garofalo Sr., he first saw the Rubble Master RM 80 at the ConExpo-Con/AGG show this past March in Las Vegas.

“I liked the machine’s compact size, low noise level, and most of all, its ability to produce three-quarters-minus product in one pass,” Garofalo said.

“Over the years, I’ve been paying to dump and load. In recent years, dumping fees for concrete and asphalt and disposal fees have increased 30 percent annually,” he added.

In addition to the new Rubble Master RM 80, GCI owns 13 additional pieces of heavy construction equipment and 11 trucks. Even trucking costs have increased, he explained, adding that trucks frequently sat in traffic on the way to job sites. Then, he said, “three years ago, we dumped rubble and picked up three-quarter stone, averaging six loads per day. But, traffic congestion increased and we were only able to do three to four loads per day. We decided to look at purchasing our own crusher/screener.”

Garofalo said that with the Rubble Master RM 80, “We can process all of our own concrete, asphalt, brick, block and rock and make a three-quarters-minus usable product without having to leave a job site.

“We also save up to 60 percent of the costs of dumping, picking up and trucking,” he added.

It all began, he pointed out, “When we went to Las Vegas to look for a compact sized crusher. While there, we looked at equipment from 15 manufacturers, including HMH/Rubble Master of Linz, Austria.

“Rubble Master,” Garofalo said, “claimed their machine is the only crusher capable of producing three-quarter-minus in one pass; and the only machine that can be loaded and unloaded in 15 minutes with no oversize permits needed.

“Since there were no Rubble Master dealers and no Rubble Masters yet in the New York-New Jersey area, Jack Moninger, president of Construction & Industrial Equipment of Lodi, NJ, and I, flew to Montreal, Canada, in July for a product demonstration,” Garofalo noted.

“We were impressed with the low noise level, high production capability and the impressive three-quarter-inch-minus end product,” Garofalo said, adding that the demonstration of the Rubble Master RM 80 in Montreal led to his decision to purchase it.

According to Stephane Guerchon, manager of Rubble Master North America, Rubble Master Systems, Montreal, “This is our first Rubble Master RM 80 fitted with a return oversized conveyor belt and the three-quarter-minus capability.”

According to the product brochure, the RM 80 features automatic conveying, a magnetic separator that removes reinforcing steel, one-person operation using remote control, and a release system that removes blockages at the press of a button.

GCI’s Rubble Master RM 80 was designed and built in Austria and was shipped to GCI in New Jersey in 90 days, Garofalo, said, adding that Rubble Master’s Guerchon trained his operator in operation, maintenance and safety.

As a result of the purchase of the Rubble Master RM 80, GCI formed a new division, DAG Mobile Aggregate Recycling, which will perform contract crushing on site.

“We will be able to go to a site, unload and begin crushing within 15 minutes and produce up to 160 tons of usable product per hour, saving the customer up to 60 percent of the cost of dumping fees, trucking and the purchase of recycled concrete aggregate,” said DAG President Debra Ann Garofalo.

The Rubble Master RM 80 is paying for itself on a monthly basis, Ron Garofalo, Sr. added.

Moninger, who made inquiries on Garofalo’s behalf and investigated the Rubble Master RM 80 for GCI, said he too was impressed with the machine’s capabilities.

“After the product demonstration in Montreal, I realized this product met GCI’s needs and an order was placed.

“This is our first machine in the New York-New Jersey area,” said Gerald Hanisch, general manager of HMH and Rubble Master.

“This machine can do jobs in densely populated areas. It is also environmentally friendly with a throughput capacity and quality of a final product that is ideal for both urban and suburban use. We have 20 Rubble Masters in the United States since 2002 and 600 units worldwide,” he added.

Garofalo, who also is president-elect of the New Jersey Chapter of the Land Improvement Contractors of America, noted Rubble Master has become a national associate of the group.

DAG, Debra Garofalo said, will use the new machine to service customers in the metropolitan New York and New Jersey area.

To demonstrate the machine’s capabilities, GCI held the open house. Product demonstrations consisted of crushing concrete with rebar, asphalt, brick and block and tuning it into recycled concrete aggregate.

The open house and product demonstration also featured door prizes, a GCI T-shirt, literature and a mouse pad with GCI’s logo, food, music and entertainment for children who accompanied their parents. CEG

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